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THE DISTRICT. .
The Missionary District of Asheville embraces territorially the counties
of Alleghany, Wilkes, Alexander, Catawba, Lincoln, and Gaston, in the
State of North Carolina and all that portion of the State lying west there-
of ; and, as a constituent part of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the
United States of America, it accedes to and adopts the Constitution and
Canons of that Church, and acknowledges their authority accordingly.
The Convention of the District consists as follows :
(a) Of the Bishop of the District, when there is one.
(b) Of every clergyman, not under discipline, who shall have been for
six months, next preceding the Convention, canonically resident in the
District, and in charge of, or employed as assistant minister in, any Parish
in canonical union with the District, or employed as a missionary under
the Ecclesiastical Authority of the District, or regularly engaged as In-
structor in any Parochial or Mission school of the District, or regularly
engaged as instructor in any Church Institution, upon the Board of Trus-
tees of which the District is represented, or who, having been engaged in
the discharge of any of the foregoing duties, shall have been disabled from
continuing in the same by reason of advanced years or infirm health.
(c) Of any officers of the District, who may be constituted ex-officio
members of the Convention by constitutional or canonical provision.
(d) Of lay delegates from the Parishes in canonical union with the
District, and from the organized Missions in the District.
Each of the said Parishes shall be entitled to three delegates in the Con-
vention, and each of said Missions shall be entitled to one delegate in the
The lay delegates shall be communicants in the Parish or Mission, which
they represent, and they shall be chosen in such manner as may be pre-
scribed by Canon.
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ANNUAL AND SPECIAL CONVENTIONS
The Convention shall meet annually at such time and place as may
have been determined by the next preceding Convention, or in case of no
such determination, on the Second Wednesday in February, at such place
as may have been designated by the Ecclesiastical Authority of the District,
but the time or place of such meeting may be changed, or Special Conven-
tions may be called by the Eccleastical Autthority of the District, subject
to such provision as may be prescribed by Canon.
Printed notice of the meeting of the Convention shall be mailed at least
thirty days before the time appointed, to every clergyman canonically res-
ident in the District and to the Clerk of the Vestry of each Parish in can-
onical union with the District, and to the Clerk of each Mission in the
In case of a special Convention, the notice shall specify the purpose for
which the same is called, and no business not strictly pertaining to that pur-
pose shall be transacted by said Convention.
RELIGIOUS SERVICES OF THE CONVENTION.
The Eccleastical Authority shall appoint and order the opening ser-
vice, and all other religious services of the Convention, subject, in the ab-
sence of the Bishop, to modification by the Convention itself.
The Bishop of the District shall have a seat and vote in the Convention,
and shall be its presiding officer.
If the Bishop of the District be not in attendance upon the Convention,
a President pro tempore shall be elected from among the clerical members
of the Convention.
The presence of one-half of all the clergy entitled to seats in the Con-
vention, and of a reprsntation from one-third of all the Parishes entitled
to be represented in the Convention, shall be necessary to constitute a
quorum for the transaction of business, provided, however, that any less
number shall have power to meet, to receive reports, and to adjourn.
The Convention shall elect annually, a Secretary, a Treasurer, and one
member of a Board of five Trustees of the District to serve for five years.
It shall elect triennially, a Registrar of the District, one clerical and one lay
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delegate to the General Convention, with one provisional clerical and one
provisional lay delegate to the same, and an Ecclesiastical Court to consist
of five Presbyters of the District.
The foregoing officers shall respectively perform the duties which, by
canon or general usage, may be prescribed for them; and each shall con-
tinue in office until his successor is chosen ; and any vacancies among the
foregoing officers, arising during the recess of the Convention, may be filled
by appointment of the Ecclesiastical Authority of the District. Vacancies
continuing until the time of an Annual Convention shall be filled by the
MODE OF VOTING AND ELECTIONS.
The Clergy and lay delegates shall deliberate in one body, and vote as
such in all elections. All elections shall be by ballot.
A vote by orders upon the decision of any question may be called for
by five members; and in such case the concurrence of a majority of the
votes in each order shall be necessary for an affirmative vote. In a vote by
orders, each Parish represnted in the Convention shall be entitled to but
one vote, and a Mission in such case has no vote.
ELECTION TO THE EPISCOPATE.
The election of a Bishop shall be made in an Annual Convention, or in
a Special Convention called for that purpose at least sixty days before the
time appointed, the object being stated by notice in writing, and sent to
every clergyman and vestry of the District.
The election shall be by orders, and the concurrence of a majority of
both orders present and voting shall be necessary to determine the choice.
The Bishop, with the approval of the Council of Advice, may appoint a
person, learned in the law, Chancellor of the District, to advise regarding
any question of law which may arise in the administration of District af-
fairs, who shall be entitled ex-officio to a seat and vote in all Conventions,
except when the vote is by orders. The Chancellor must be a communi-
cant and resident in the District, and shall continue in office till death, or
resignation, or revocation of appointment by the Bishop.
SUSPENSION OF PARISHES OR MISSIONS.
Any Parish or Mission may be suspended from the right of lay rep-
resentation in the Convention by a vote of two-thirds of each order, when-
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ever the same shall be deemed conducive to the interests of the Church ; or
its connection with the District may be wholly dissolved by canonical pro-
AMENDMENT OF CONSTITUTION.
The mode of altering this Constitution shall be as follows :
Every proposition for amendment shall be made in writing, and being
read, shall be referred to the Committee on Canons, which shall report the
same to the next Annual Convention, with their recommendation, and if
two-thirds of the two orders voting separately shall then approve of said
proposition, either in its original form, or in the form recommended by
said Committee, and if the Bishop of the District approve, the proposed
amendment shall then be submitted to the House of Bishops, and upon the
approval of the House of Bishops, the Constitution shall be changed ac-
CANONS AS AMENDED AND APPROVED BY THE HOUSE OF
OF THE LIST OF MINISTERS.
Section i. Within one week before the meeting of every Convention
of this District, the Bishop shall cause to be prepared a list of the Minis-
ters canonically resident in the District, annexing the names of their re-
spective cures, or parishes, or stations as Missionaries, or of the institutions
of learning in which they are engaged; and in regard to such as are not
engaged in parishes, or missions, or institutions of learning as above, their
places of residence only, specifying, at the same time, who of any class are
Deacons ; but no Clergyman, while suspended from the Ministry, shall have
a place on such list ; and the list shall be laid before the Convention im-
mediately after it shall have been called to order, and the names of the
Clerical members called therefrom. The same shall be appended to the
Journal, and sent to the Secretary of the General Convention.
Sec. 2. When the right of any Clergyman to a seat in the Convention
is disputed, it shall be determined according to the provisions of the second
article of the Constitution, by the Convention itself, whether his name be
inserted in the list aforesaid or be omitted.
OF ATTENDANCE ON CONVENTION.
It shall be the duty of all Clergymen entitled to seats in the Convention
to attend the same, and of each Parish in union with the Convention to
send one or more Lay Delegates to the Convention, not exceeding three,
elected by the Vestry, at least ten days before the meeting of any Conven-
tion from among the male communicants of said Parish, and of each or-
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ganized Mission to send one delegate appointed by the Minister-in-charge
from among the male communicants of the Mission, and the Clerk of the
Parish or Mission shall, at least five days before the meeting of any Con-
vention, send to the Secretary of the Convention, for delegates elected or
appointed as aforesaid, a certificate as follows :
"This is to certify that N. N., communicants in good standing
"of Church or Mission were duly appointed Lay Del-
egates to represent the same in the Convention of the Protestant Episco-
pal Church in the District of Asheville, to be held on the day of
" , in the year of our Lord ; and that the semi-annual
"dues to the Contingent Fund of the District are either fully paid, or ap-
plication has been made for relief in accordance with the Canon."
This certificate shall be signed by the Rector or Minister-in-charge, and
Clerk. The Secretary of the Convention shall make a list of the names of
Delegates thus certified to him, to be used by him at the organization of
OF THE SECRETARY.
It shall be the duty of the Secretary to take minutes and record all pro-
ceedings of the Convention ; to attest its public acts, preserve its records,
notify the Parishes of the times and places of meeting of all stated and
special Conventions, giving thirty days' notice, and faithfully to deliver to
his successor all books and papers belonging to the Convention which may
be in his charge. In giving notice of the meeting of the Annual Conven-
tion, he shall send a form of parochial report, and of certificate by which
the appointment of Lay Delegates is to be certified. If the Parish or Mis-
sion be vacant, this notice shall be sent to the Clerk.
OF THE TREASURER.
Section i. It shall be the duty of the Treasurer to receive and disburse
all money collected under the authority of the Convention, of which the
collection and disbursement shall not otherwise be regulated, and semi-
annually to notify the Treasurer of each Parish and Mission of the amount
of its dues, and when to be paid, giving twenty days' notice. His accounts,
properly audited, shall be rendered annually to the Convention, and shall
be examined by the Committee on Finance. In case of a vacancy, the
Bishop shall appoint a Treasurer for the unexpired term.
"Sec. 2. The Treasurer of the District shall cx-officio be entitled to a
seat in the Convention, and to a voice in the discussion of all financial
questions. He shall be ex-officio a member and Secretary of the Commit-
tee on Finance.
Sec. 3. The salary of the Treasurer of the District shall be ($200) two
hundred dollars per annum, and he shall act as Treasurer of the Board of
Trustees of the District, if the Board so elects.
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Sec. 4. Before entering upon the discharge of his duties, the Treasurer
shall fde with the Trustees of the District a bond, executed to them on be-
half of the District by some reliable guarantee company, in the sum of five
thousand dollars, for the faithful performance of duty, the cost of which
bond shall be paid by the District ; and all moneys, under the charge of the
Treasurer, belonging to the District, shall be kept on deposit, in the name
of the District, subject to the order of the Treasurer of the District, with
such banking institution as may be approved by the Trustees of the Dis-
OF THE REGISTRAR.
It shall be the duty of the Registrar to gather and preserve all such
journals, files, papers, reports, catalogues, and other documents as may be
useful for reference, or furnish materials for the history of the Church in
the District of Asheville, and to hold the same under such regulations and
restrictions as the Convention may from time to time prescribe.
OF THE TRUSTEES.
Section i. A Board of five Trustees of the District, to hold office five
years, shall be elected by the Convention, who shall hold all property of
the Missions of the District, and of such Parishes as desire to have their
property held in trust by the Board, and who shall have the care of funds,
such as those derived from extinct Parishes, and who shall have care of
funds for the support of the Episcopate, and of all such as may by gift or
devise for any special purpose become the property of the District.
Sec. 2. At the first election of Trustees of the District under this Canon,
the whole number shall be chosen; but the term of one (to be designated
by the Board) shall expire each year, so that every year after the first, one
Trustee shall be elected, and vacancies shall be filled for unexpired terms.
Sec. 3. The Board of Trustees shall elect a Treasurer, who shall per-
form the duties usually pertaining to that office. Before entering upon the
discharge of his duties, said Treasurer shall file with the Trustees a satis-
factory bond, executed to them on behalf of the District by some reliable
guarantee company, in the sum of five thousand dollars, for the faithful
performance of duty, the cost of which bond shall be paid by the District.
Said Treasurer shall ex-officio be entitled to a seat in all District Conven-
tions, and to a voice in the discussion of all financial questions, and he
shall be ex-officio a member of the Finance Committee. The Board of
Trustees shall also appoint a Secretary, who, if not a member of the Board,
shall have a seat, but not a vote, at its meetings. ,
Sec. 4. The Bishop shall be ex-officio a member of the Board of Trus-
tees, and, if present, shall preside at all meetings of the Board. The
Bishop or any two trustees may call meetings of the Board.
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OF THE COUNCIL OF ADVICE.
Section i. A Council of Advice, who shall perform the duties of a
Standing Committee for the District, shall be annually appointed by the
Bishop in accordance with Canon 14, § IV [ii] of the General Convention.
Sec. 2. Any three of the Council, the whole being summoned, provided
one be a Presbyter, shall be a quorum for the transaction of business,
when convened at the request of the Bishop. At all other meetings a ma-
jority of the members shall be necessary to a quorum. It shall be the duty
of the Secretary of the Council to keep a faithful record of the proceed-
ings in a book provided for the purpose; to preserve the original of all
papers or letters addressed to the Council ; to attest their acts, and to de-
liver to his successor all books and papers which in virtue of his office
have been committed to him. The minutes of the Council, and all other
papers in their hands relative to the Church, shall be subject to examina-
tion by the Bishop, or by the Convention. A report of the acts of the
Council shall be made annually to the Convention.
OF DELEGATES TO THE GENERAL CONVENTION.
Section i. The Convention shall, at each regular annual meeting next
preceding a stated meeting of the General Convention, elect one Clergyman
and one Layman, to act as Delegates from this District to the General Con-
vention. It shall also elect one Clergyman and one Layman, as Provisional
Delegates, which Delegates and Provisional Delegates shall represent the
District until their successors are elected, and shall represent the District
in any General Convention, which may be held during their continuance in
Sec. 2. It shall be the duty of the Delegates-elect to signify to the
Bishop, at least ten days before the meeting of the General Convention,
their acceptance of the appointment, and their intention to perform its du-
ties, and in case the Delegates or Provisional Delegates cannot represent
the District in the General Convention, the Bishop shall appoint one or
more as the case may be, to supply any deficiency in the representation of
this District, which may in any way occur. And the person or persons so
appointed by the Bishop, being furnished with his certificate thereof, shall
have all the power and authority of Delegates duly elected by the Conven-
OF THE DISTRICT CONTINGENT FUND.
Section i. At each Annual Convention an assessment shall be made
upon the several Parishes and Missions in the District, according to the
several abilities of the Parishes and Missions, of an amount sufficient to
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satisfy the pecuniary obligations of the Convention, embracing all contin-
Sec. 2. It shall be the duty of the Vestry of each Parish, and of the of-
ficers of each Mission, to provide for the collection and payment of such
sums as shall be assessed by the Convention as aforesaid; and the same
shall be transmitted in semi-annual installments to the Treasurer of the
Sec. 3. It shall be the duty of each corporation in union with the Con-
vention and of each organized Mission, to render, at such time and in such
manner as may be required by the Convention, a true and faithful account
of the real estate and other property owned by said Parish or Mission,
with its fairly estimated value, and also a statement of any lien or encum-
brance on the same, or any part thereof, and the amount of interest paid
in consequence of such lien or encumbrance. And further, it shall be the
duty of each Parish, or Mission, to declare the full amount of the current
expenditure of the Parish or Mission, and of all money expended for the
same, in any way accruing including salaries and all other expenses.
S53. 4. There shall be a Finance Committee to consider and advise re-
garding the finances of the District, consisting of three laymen, appointed
annually by the Bishop, of which committee the Bishop shall be ex-officio
a member, and if present shall preside at meetings of the committee. .The
Treasurer of the District, and the Treasurer of the Board of Trustees shall
be ex-officio members of the Finance Committee.
Sec. 5. The Finance Committee shall hold such meetings as may be
found necessary, one of which shall be within the forty days immediately
preceding the next regular Convention, at which meeting a statement shall
be prepared, setting forth the financial condition of the District, and esti-
mates for the ensuing year, a copy of which shall be sent to each Minister
and Parochial Treasurer and Mission Treasurer of the District. The Com-
mittee on Finance is hereby empowered and directed to base assessments
on some fixed and uniform plan; and the assessments shall be payable, one-
half August 1, and the other half February 1.
Applications for modification or remission of arrearages in the Conti-
gent Fund shall be in writing, directed "To the Finance Committee," and
shall contain a statement of the number of collections taken in the Parish
or Mission during the preceding year for District purposes, and the results,
and the grounds upon which relief is asked, and the reasons for the failure
to make the regular collections, in case they have been omitted.
Sec. 6. The Contingent expenses of the District shall include the fol-
lowing items :
1. Publishing the Journal of the Convention, and such other docu-
ments as may be ordered by the Convention.
2. The salary of the Secretary of the District.
3. The salary of the Treasurer of the District.
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4. The sum of $100 for the expenses of the Gerical Delegate to the
General Convention in attending the same.
5. The necessary expenses of members of the Ecclesiastical Court in
attendance upon Ecclesiastical trials.
6. The necessary expenses of Examining Chaplains for their work.
7. The necessary expenses of the Trustees of the District for their
8. The necessary expenses of the members of the Council of Advice
for their work.
9. The necessary expenses of the Secretary of the District for his
10. The necessary expenses of the Registrar of the District for his
11. Such other expenses as may be authorized by the Convention.
OF NEW PARISHES.
Section i. In order to the formation of a new Parish, the written con-
sent of the Ecclesiastical Authority of the District must first be obtained,
and such consent shall not be granted until evidence is given of the ability
of the Parish, after organization, to pay a salary of at least $700 per an-
num to a Rector.
Sec. 2. For the organization of a Parish, the following Article of As-
sociation must be signed by at least twenty persons who intend to be sup-
porters of the Parish : "We, the undersigned, do associate ourselves to-
gether for the purpose of maintaining the worship of God, and the preach-
ing of the Gospel, according to the doctrine, discipline, and worship of the
Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, under the
name of the Parish of Church, in the town and
county of , and State of North Carolina, and promise con-
formity to the Constitution and Canon of the General Convention and of
the District of Asheville."
Sec. 3. After twenty persons have signed the Article of Association, a
meeting of the same may be called on ten days' notice. At this meeting
Vestrymen shall be elected, a name for the Parish adopted, and such other
steps taken as are necessary for the incorporation of the Parish under the
laws of the State. The minutes of the meeting shall be recorded in a book
to be kept as a record of the proceedings of the Vestry and Parish meet-
ings, in which shall be recorded the Article of Association.
Sec. 4. A certified copy of the Article of Association, and a copy of the
minutes of the meeting for organizing the Parish, shall be sent to the
Bishop without delay, together with notice that the Parish will apply for
admission into union with the Convention. At a subsequent Convention
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this application shall be made, and for this purpose certified copies of the
aforesaid papers shall be presented.
Sec. 5. Any Parish which shall deem its rights encroached upon, or its
prosperity, or usefulness endangered by the proposed location in its vicinity
of a Church or Chapel of another Parish, may present the matter of the
threatened intrusion to the Bishop of the District, and ask his fatherly in-
terposition in its behalf. In such case the Bishop may call for, and appoint
the time and place of, a conference of delegates from the Parishes in inter-
est. But, if such conference, with the godly advice of the Bishop, shall not
result in an amicable adjustment of the difference between the parties
thereto, the Bishop, or either party in the conflict, may lay the matter at
issue before the Council of Advice of the District, and the decision of the
Council of Advice, with the approval of the Bishop, shall be final.
OF THE VESTRY.
Section i. In every Parish in the District, annually, on the second Mon-
day in January, at an hour of which public notice shall have been given,
after prayer, there shall be held a Parish Meeting for the election of a
Vestry to consist of not fewer than five nor more than ten members, who
shall continue in office until their successors are chosen. The Rector of the
Parish, if present, shall preside at Parish Meetings. In his absence, the
order of priority for the presiding officer shall be ex-officio :
1. The Senior Warden.
2. The Junior Warden.
3. The Secretary of the Vestry.
Should none of the foregoing officers be present, the Parish Meeting
may elect any one of its members to preside.
Sec. 2. Should fewer than eighteen persons qualified to vote for Ves-
trymen attend the Parish Meeting, and should the Rector and one Warden,
or the presiding officer and one-sixth of those present, concur in believing
that the best interest of the Parish demands the postponement of an election,
then such presiding officer shall declare the election postponed, and the Par-
ish Meeting shall adjourn to a designated day and hour, not fewer than
seven nor more than fourteen days after said second Monday in January ;
and public notice having been given of such adjourned meeting, it shall
possess the powers and be subject to the rules of a regular Parish Meeting.
^ Sec. 3. With the consent of the Bishop and Council of Advice of the
District, Parishes, which cannot hold a Parish Meeting at the time specified
in Sec. 1 of this Canon, may hold their Annual Parish Meeting for the elec-
tion of a Vestry at a more convenient time of the year. Public notice of
the time and place of such meeting must be given at least fourteen days
before the meeting is to be held.
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Sec. 4. The Vestry shall, upon nomination of the Rector, elect two of
its members, one as Senior Warden and -the other as Junior Warden.
Sec. 5. The Vestry shall elect a Secretary, whose duty it shall be to take
and record the minutes of their proceedings, attest the public acts of the
Vestry, preserve all records and papers belonging to the Parish, not other-
wise provided for, perform such other duties as shall be legally assigned to
him, and faithfully deliver to his successor all books and documents in his
possession belonging to the Parish.
Sec. 6. A Treasurer shall also be elected, to receive, disburse and ac-
count for the funds of the Parish.
Sec. 7. In electing a Vestry, no person shall be allowed to vote who is
not at the time of such voting an adherent of the Protestant Episcopal
Church and at least twenty-one years of age, and who has not for at least
six months immediately preceding such election rented a pew, or portion
of a pew, or by a subscription or otherwise contributed regularly to the
support of the Parish ; nor shall any person vote in a Parish who is not a
bona fide member of the same.
Sec. 8. To be eligible as a Vestryman, one must be a layman, and to be
a Warden, one must be a communicant.
Sec. 9. It shall be the duty of the Vestry to take charge of the property
of the church, to regulate all its temporal concerns, to elect and call a Min-
ister in accordance with the provisions of Canon 12, and provide for his
maintenance, to provide for paying all lawful assessments on the Parish,
to keep order in the church during divine service, and, in general to act as
helpers to the Minister in whatever is appropriate to laymen, for the fur-
therance of the Gospel; it being understood, always, that the spiritual con-
cerns of the church are under the exclusive direction of the Minister in
subordination to the Ecclesiastical Authority and laws of the District.
Sec. 10. The order of priority for the presiding officer at Vestry Meet-
ings shall be the same as is prescribed in Section one of this Canon.
Sec. 11. It shall be the duty of the Wardens, especially, to provide the
elements for the Lord's Supper, to collect the alms at the administration
of the same, to keep and disburse such alms in case the Church is desti-
tute of a Minister, and while the Church is destitute of a Minister, to pro-
vide for the holding of public worship, and the instruction of the congre-
gation, by occasional clerical services, or by lay-reading, as the circum-
stances may permit. Meetings of the Vestry may be called by the Rector,
or, in his absence, at the request of a majority of members by the Senior
Sec. 12. • Vacancies occurring in the Vestry during the year, may be
filled by the remaining members. If the Vestry should become extinct or
incapacitated for action by the death or resignation of its members, the
Bishop may call a special Parish Meeting (giving due notice thereof) to
elect a Vestry to serve till the second Monday in January next following;
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and, if the Parish shall refuse or neglect to assemble and elect a Vestry
as herein provided, the Bishop, with the advice and consent of the Council
of Advice, may appoint three Trustees to take charge of the property of
the Parish, and to exercise all the rights and functions of a Vestry, until
the Parish shall elect a Vestry under the provisions of this Canon.
OF VACANT PARISHES.
The filling of vacancies shall be governed in all particulars in ac-
cordance with the provisions of Canon 15 of the General Convention.
OF EXTINCT PARISHES.
Section 1. Whenever, in the opinion of the Bishop, a Parish has failed
in the purposes of its organization, he may report the case to the Conven-
Sec. 2 Whenever the Bishop and Council of Advice think it advisable
to call upon the Convention to declare any Parish extinct, before a vote is
taken, the question, with all the evidence tending to prove or disprove the
existence of the facts upon which declaration, under the law, must be
founded, shall be referred to the Committee on Canons, and a report made
by that Committee, on a day subsequent to the day of reference, recom-
mending what action should, in the opinion of the Committee, be taken by
the Convention, accompanied by a written or oral statement of the evidence
placed before the Committee. And if two-thirds of the members present
vote in favor of declaring the Parish extinct, said Parish shall become and
be extinct, and title to all the property shall at once vest in the Trustees
of the District.
OF PARISH REGISTERS AND REPORTS.
Section i. Every Minister of this District shall keep a record of all
Families, Baptisms, Confirmations, Marriages and Funerals within his cure,
specifying the name, time, and place of birth, parents and sponsors of each
person baptized ; the time when persons became communicants under his
charge, and whether by confirmation, transfer from some other Parish, or
otherwise. This record shall be kept by the Minister in a suitable book, to
be called the Parish Register, provided by and belonging to the Vestry of
the Parish which he serves, which book shall be a part of the records of
Sec. 2. Every Minister shall on, or immediately after, the first day of
January of each year, present or send to the Bishop or to the Secretary of
the Convention a report of his official acts, and a statement of the condi-
tion of the Parish or Missions under his charge, according to such form as
shall be furnished by the Ecclesiastical Authority of the District, covering
the Year ending December 31 of each year.
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Sec. 3. The report shall include the financial condition of the Parish
or Mission as furnished by the Treasurer of the Parish or Mission.
OF THE MISSIONARY INTERESTS.
Section i. The general care and management of the Missionary inter-
ests of the Church in the District, and the duty of promoting the co-opera-
tion of our congregations with the General Board of Missions, are en-
trusted to a Missionary Committee, which shall consist as follows : Ex-
officio, the Bishop of the District, who, if present, shall preside at all meet-
ings ; Ex-officio, the Archdeacon or General Missionary, if there be one;
Ex -officio, the Deans of the Convocations ; Ex-officio, the Treasurer of the
District, who shall act as Treasurer of the Missionary Committee; by an-
nual election of Convention, one Clergyman and one Layman from each
Convocational district ; and such other members as the foregoing members
shall elect into the Committee.
Sec. 2. This Committee shall be charged with the appointment of Mis-
sion Stations and Missionaries ; but no Mission Station shall be established
nor Missionary appointed except upon the nomination of the Ecclesiastical
Authority of the District.
Sec. 3. The Missionary Committee shall meet quarterly at such time
and place as the Bishop may appoint, or as may be found convenient on
their own adjournment. Three members, if one of them is a Clergyman,
shall constitute a quorum.
Sec. 4. The Missionary Committee shall appoint a Secretary, who, if
not already a member of the Committee, shall thereby become, ex-officio a
Sec. 5. All moneys received for the purposes of the District Missionary
Committee shall be appropriated under its direction ; but it shall be the
privilege of contributors to the Missionary cause to designate the particular
object to which their contribution shall be applied.
Sec. 6. The Missionary Committee shall make through its Secretary an
annual report to the Convention of the District, which report shall give a
statement of the amounts of money expended for District Missions and
for General Missions, with the methods adopted for raising the amounts
OF MISSION STATIONS.
Section 1. A Mission Station, when adopted by the Ecclesiastical Au-
thority and Missionary Committee, shall be duly organized by the appoint-
ment of a Missionary, who, with the consent and by the authority of the
Committee shall appoint a Warden, a Clerk, and a Treasurer of the Mis-
sion, charged with its temporal interests, which officers shall be reported
by the Missionary-in-charge to the Missionary Committee at its first meet-
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ing after the appointment, and the organization of the Mission shall date
Sec. 2. Application for organization shall be made in the first instance
to the Bishop in the following form :
Rt. Rev. and Dear Sir : — We, the undersigned, residents of ,
county of , District of Asheville, having built or secured a
place of worship, and being desirous of obtaining the services of the Prot-
estant Episcopal Church, and being ready, according to our ability, to sus-
tain the same, do hereby request you to inquire into our estate, and pro-
vide for us as you may deem proper and expedient. We do hereby de-
clare ourselves, individually and collectively, ready to do what in us lies to
establish and sustain the regular worship of the said Church, and promote
its influence in our neighborhood; and we promise conformity to its doc-
trines, discipline, liturgy, rites, and usages. We put ourselves under your
charge, and will reverently obey your authority. We promise conformity
to the Constitution and Canons of the General Convention, and of the Dis-
trict of Asheville. In accordance with these obligations, we now ask the
privilege of being organized as a Mission, under the name of ."
Sec. 3. All property of a Mission Station shall be vested in the Board
of Trustees of the District.
Sec. 4. It shall be the duty of every Mission duly organized and of
every Parish, which is aided by the Missionary Committee, to pledge and
to pay an annual sum, satisfactory to the Committee, into its treasury in
Section i. The District shall be divided by the Bishop into Convoca-
tions, not more than three in number, and the Clergy within the several
Convocations with Laymen appointed by the Rectors and Ministers-in-
charge from their Parishes and Missions, shall meet at such time and place
as each Convocation may determine, or at the call of the Bishop or Dean
of the Convocation.
Sec. 2. The officers of Convocation shall be Dean, Secretary, and Treas-
urer, which shall be elected annually by the Convocation ; the Dean shall be
qualified for office when his appointment is approved by the Bishop.
Sec. 3. The Dean shall preside at all meetings of the Convocation, and
shall superintend so much of the work of Convocation as the Bishop may
commit to his charge.
Sec. 4. The objects of Convocation shall be: To devise plans for the
extension of the Church within the limits of the Convocation ; to afford an
opportunity for the Clergy to come together for conference ; to hold public
services with discussions of religious topics of general interest.
Sec. 5. Each Convocation shall make an annual report, through its
Dean, to the Convention.
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OF THE EDUCATION COMMITTEE.
Section i. There shall be appointed by the Bishop, at each annual Con-
vention of the District, a committee, consisting of five members, three
Clerical and two Lay, who shall be called the Education Committee, of
which committee the Bishop of the District and the Archdeacon shall ex-
ofhcio, be members.
Sec. 2. The Education Committee shall be charged with the appoint-
ment and regulation of beneficiaries of its funds; with the collection and
appropriation of funds for educational purposes ; with the appointment of
- teachers in the Mission Schools of the District, and with the general super-
vision of. such schools ; and with all other business belonging thereto.
Sec. 3. It shall be the privilege of contributors to the Education cause
to designate the particular object to which their contributions shall be ap-
plied ; otherwise all contributions for education shall be at the disposal of
Sec. 4. The Committee shall elect its own Secretary, who, if he be not
a member of the Committee, shall thereby become a member. The Treas-
urer of the District shall act as Treasurer of the Committee. The Bishop
shall call, and preside at, all meetings of the Committee.
Sec. 5. A report shall be made annually by the Committee, through its
Secretary, to the Convention of the District.
OF LAY READERS.
No one shall be considered as authorized to officiate as Lay Reader in
this District, except in case of particular emergency, without a written
license from the Ecclesiastical Authority of the District, and Lay Readers
shall in all cases conform to the provisions of Canon 23 of the General
OF THE TRIAL OF A PRESBYTER OR DEACON.
Section i. Whenever any Presbyter or Deacon of the District shall be
thought to be guilty of any misconduct, for which, according to Canon 23,
of the General Convention, he is liable to be tried, application may be made
in writing with the name of everyone engaged in the application subscribed,
to the Council of Advice, and, if it appear to them that the evidence is suf-
ficient to demand a trial, they shall forthwith present the Clergyman to the
Bishop, accordingly; the presentment shall be made in writing, signed by a
majority of the Council of Advice, and specifying with as much accuracy
as possible, the offence or offences, with particulars of time, place and cir-
cumstances ; and every Clergyman in this District, may, for himself, re-
quest of the Council of Advice, the inquiry provided for in this section, in
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which case it shall be instituted, and shall proceed according to the provis-
ions of this Canon.
Sec. 2. There shall be elected triennially, by ballot, by the Convention,
from the Presbyters entitled to seats, not members of the Council of Ad-
vice, five, who shall be a Court for the trial of Presbyters or Deacons. No
ballot shall have more than three names thereon, and the five having the
largest number of votes shall be the Court. Vacancies may be filled by the
Council of Advice, subject to the approval of the next Convention, by a
vote of three-fourths of the members present. The member of the Court
of longest continuous canonical residence in the District shall be its Pres-
Sec. 3. Said members of said Court chosen as aforesaid, shall, for each
and every trial and case that may be brought before them, appoint some
person learned in law who is a communicant of this Church and a citizen
of North Carolina, their legal adviser, who shall sit with them on such
trial or case, and shall advise said Court upon all questions of law, both
civil and ecclesiastical, and as to all rules and forms of procedure. Said
legal adviser may preside at the request of the Court, or the Court may at
its option elect any one of its members to preside during the trial. Before
entering upon the trial of any Minister who shall have been duly presented
for trial under this Canon, or pending any such trial, and with the ap-
proval, in all cases, of the Bishop of the District, said Court shall be au-
thorized as a Court of Conciliation, to adjust and dispose of the matter so
presented amicably, and without any public trial, in case, in their judgment,
it shall be advisible to do so, and with the approval of the Bishop, as
aforesaid. And in case of such amicable adjustment, a certificate thereof,
signed by the President of the Court, and approved by the Bishop, shall be
sent to the Council of Advice.
Sec. 4. A written notice of the time apd place of the first meeting of
the Court for any trial, with a copy of the presentment, shall be served at
least thirty days before such meeting, on the accused; and also notice of
the time and place of meeting on the Council of Advice; who, by their
President, or one of their members whom they may appoint for the pur-
pose, shall prosecute the case, and present such oral or documentary evi-
dence to substantiate the accusation, as they may be able to obtain.
Sec. 5. If, at the time of first meeting of the Court, the whole number
be not present, then those present may adjourn from time to time; and if it
shall appear that the whole number will attend within a reasonable time,
those who do attend, being not fewer than three, shall proceed to trial and
a majority shall decide all questions; but a majority of the whole Court
shall be required to render final judgment.
Sec. 6. If a clergyman shall, before the Court meets, confess the truth
of the facts of which he is accused, the Bishop may immediately proceed
to pass sentence ; otherwise the accused shall be considered as pleading not
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Sec. 7. In case a Clergyman presented and notified as above directed
shall not appear before the Court appointed for his trial, the Court may
proceed as if he were present; unless they shall see fit to adjourn till an-
other day. And if the accused shall neglect or refuse to appear before the
Court, after due presentment and notification, and no sufficient reason for
such neglect or refusal be given, the Court shall report him to the Bishop
for contumacy, and sentence of suspension from the Ministry shall pass
against him accordingly; but the sentence may be reversed by the Bishop,
if, within three calendar months, the accused shall tender himself ready,
and accordingly appear and receive his trial ; but, if he shall not so tender
himself, the Bishop, in view of the acts alleged in the presentment, shall
proceed, if he thinks proper, to pronounce sentence of degradation from
Sec. 8. The Court shall choose a Secretary, who shall be from their
own number, or otherwise, as they determine, and before proceeding to
trial, they shall adopt and declare the rules by which the trial shall be con-
ducted ; provided, however, that both parties may employ and be repre-
sented in such trial by counsel, not exceeding two for each, who shall be
communicants of this Church, and citizens of North Carolina.
Sec. 9. When the Court proceed to, trial, they shall hear such evidence
as may be produced ; and all oral evidence shall be reduced to writing by
the Secretary and signed by the witnesses respectively; and some officer,
authorized by the law to administer oaths, may, at the desire of either
party, be requested to administer an oath or affirmation to the witnesses ;
and the examination of witnesses and all the proceedings of the trial shall
be in public, if desired by the accused.
Sec. 10. Any Presbyter who shall, without sufficient excuse, refuse or
neglect to act as Trier or Church Advocate, or any clerical or lay com-
municant who shall, without sufficient excuse, refuse or neglect to testify
as a witness when duly appointed or summoned, under the Canon, shall be
regarded and may be dealt with as any other violator of the laws of the
Sec. 11. Application being made to the Bishop by either party setting
forth, satisfactorily, that any material witness cannot be procured upon the
trial, the Bishop may appoint some clergyman or layman to act as a Com-
missioner to take the testimony of such witness ; and the party applying as
above shall give to the other party at least five days' notice of the time and
place of the taking the testimony ; or such longer notice as the Bishop may,
in writing, direct. And both parties may attend and examine the witness,
and the questions and answers shall all be reduced to writing, and signed
by the witness, and shall be certified by the Commissioner, and enclosed
under his seal, and transmitted to the Court, and received by them as evi-
dence. A witness examined before such a Commissioner may be sworn or
affirmed in manner aforesaid.
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Sec. 12. The Court, after considering the evidence, shall declare, in a
writing signed by them, or a majority of them, their decision on the
charges contained in the presentment, distinctly stating whether they find
the accused guilty or not guilty of such charges, respectively; which deci-
sion, together with the evidence and an attested record of all the proceed-
ings, shall be delivered to the Bishop, accompanied with an opinion of the
Court as to what sentence should be pronounced; whereupon the Bishop
shall pronounce such sentence as shall appear to him to be proper ; pro-
vided the same do not exceed in severity the sentence recommended by
the Court, and such sentence shall be final. But the Bishop, if satisfied
that justice require it, may give a new trial to the accused, in which case
the proceedings shall be conducted as before provided.
Sec. 13. If the Bishop of the District be connected by consanguinity or
affinity with the party accused, he may request some other Bishop, from
one of the adjoining dioceses, who is not connected by consanguinity or
affinity with the party accused, to express his judgment on the decision of
the Court, to which judgment the Bishop of the District shall conform in
passing sentence or granting a new trial. And if the District be vacant,
the members of the Council of Advice shall request the services of such
Bishop as they may find most convenient, for the performance of all such
acts as are, by this Canon, required to be done by the Bishop of the Dis-
OF THE DISSOLUTION OF THE PASTORAL RELATIONS.
All differences between Ministers and their congregations shall be de-
termined according to the provisions of Canon 39 of the General Con-
OF REGULATIONS RESPECTING THE LAITY.
All regulations respecting the removal and repulsion of communicants
shall be in accordance with the provisions of Canon 39 of the General
OF THE SUSPENSION OF A PARISH.
Section i. Among the causes for which a Parish may be dealt with un-
der Article XI of the Constitution, are the following:
1. Employing a Clergyman under Ecclesiastical censure.
2. Permitting a Church edifice to be used for purposes incompatible
with its consecration.
3. A failure to pay reasonable assessments.
4. A failure to report its true financial condition when called for.
5. Any persistent course inconsistent with the doctrine, discipline or
worship of this Church.
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Sec. 2. No Parish shall have its connection with the District wholly
dissolved under Article XI of the Constitution, until the alleged delin-
quency shall have been carefully investigated by a committee of Laymen,
after due notice to the Parish. The action of the Convention shall be upon
the report of such committee.
OF THE SOLEMNIZATION OF MATRIMONY.
In the solemnization of matrimony, ministers shall be governed by the
provisions of Canon 40 of the General Convention.
OF THE CHURCH PENSION FUND.
Section i. In conformity with the legislation adopted by the General
Convention of 1913, setting forth the principles upon which a pension sys-
tem for the Clergy of the Church and their dependents should be con-
structed, pursuant to which the corporation, The Church Pension Fund,
has been created to carry these principles into effect, the Missionary Dis-
trict of Asheville adopts the system of the Church Pension Fund.
Sec. 2. The Bishop shall appoint, annually, a committee on the Church
Pension Fund, to consist of two clergymen and three laymen. The duties
of the committee shall be as follows :
1. To furnish annually to the Church Pension Fund a list of the
clergy canonically resident in this District, and of the clergy canonically
resident in other Dioceses or Missionary Districts licensed to officiate in
this District, with a statement of the stipends received by each of said
clergymen from any Parish or Mission in this District or other organiza-
tion in this District which either is subject to this Convention, or being
engaged in religious or charitable work as a Church institution elects to
come into the Church Pension Fund.
2. To receive from the Church Pension Fund annually a statement of
the premiums necessary to be paid by each of said Parishes, Missions, or
other organizations in order that the clergymen in receipt of stipends from
them may be entitled respectively to pensions.
3. To inform the authorities of each of the said Parishes, Missions
and other organizations of the premiums payable by them, and of the time
and manner of payment thereof.
4. To elect a Treasurer who may or may not be a member of the said
committee, who shall be required to give a bond satisfactory to the com-
mittee, and whose duty it shall be to receive from all of the said Parishes,
Missions and other organizations, the aforesaid premiums and to transmit
the same to the Treasurer of the Church Pension Fund.
5. To inform the Church Pension Fund from time to time of the clergy
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and the widows and minor orphans of clergy, who may be entitled in re-
spect of this District to receive pensions from the Church Pension Fund.
6. In general, to inform the clergy and laity of the District of the
pension system created by the General Convention, and committed by it to
the operation of the Church Pension Fund, whereby the clergy of the
Church are assured of pensions, as of right to themselves in the event of
old age, or disability, and in the event of death, to their widows and minor
orphans, and to do all things that may be necessary or advisable in the
premises to the end that the moneys necessary to be paid by the Parishes,
Missions, and other ecclesiastical organizations may be fully and system-
Sec. 3. (1) It shall be the duty of the Trustees of the Episcopal Fund
of the Diocese to pay to the Committee on the Church Pension Fund the
premiums payable on behalf of the Bishop of the Diocese, and also of ihe
Coadjutor Bishop and the Bishops Suffragan, if there be such.
(2) It shall also be the duty of the Board of Managers of the Dio-
cesan Missionary and Church Extension Society to pay to the Committee
on the Church Pension Fund the premiums payable on account of all sti-
pends received by the clergymen from said Board.
(3) It shall be the duty of the Committee on Diocesan Finances to
authorize the Treasurer of the Convention to pay, annually to the said
Committee on the Church Pension Fund, the premiums payable on account
of all stipends paid by the District to clergymen other than those specified
in the two preceding clauses, and to make all necessary arrangements to
provide for the cost of such premiums.
Sec. 4. It shall be the duty of every clergyman as aforesaid receiv-
ing a stipend or stipends, and the duty of every Parish, Mission or other
organization as aforesaid paying a stipend or stipends, to furnish a state-
ment of such stipend or stipends to the Committee on the Church Pension
Fund whenever said Committee shall, in writing, ask for such statement.
OF ALTERATIONS IN THE CANONS.
Section i. No proposition to alter or add to the Canons of the District,
shall be considered by the Convention, except at a stated meeting and after
one day's notice of the proposed alteration, given in open Convention ; nor
(unless by unanimous consent) until it shall have been reported on by the
Committee on Canons of the District.
Sec. 2. No alteration or amendment of these Canons shall be made
without the approbation of the Bishop of the District, nor until the altera-
tion or amendment has been submitted to the House of Bishops and has
received the approbation thereof.
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CANONS OF THE GENERAL CONVENTION REFERRED TO IN
THE CANONS OF THE DISTRICT OF ASHEVILLE.
CANON XIV. § IV [ii.]
Every Missionary Bishop shall appoint annually a Council of Advice, to
be composed of not less than two nor more than four Presbyters, and an
equal number of laymen, communicants of this Church, resident within his
Missionary District, who shall perform the duties of a standing Com-
mittee for such District, except in so far as these Canons otherwise pro-
vide, and who shall continue in office until their successors are appointed,
and shall, so far as the circumstances of the District permit, be governed
by the Constitution and Canons that have been adopted for such District.
OF THE FILLING OF VACANT CURES.
§ I. When a Parish or Congregation becomes vacant, the Church
Wardens or other proper officers, shall notify the fact to the Bishop. If
the authorities of the Parish shall for thirty days have failed to make pro-
vision for the services, it shall be the duty of the Bishop to take such meas-
ures as he may deem expedient for the temporary maintenance of Divine
§ 11. No election of a Rector shall be had until the name of the Clergy-
man whom it is proposed to elect has been made known to the Bishop, if
there be one, and sufficient time, not exceeding thirty days, has been given
to him to communicate with the Vestry thereon.
§ in. Written notice of the election, signed by the Church Wardens,
shall be sent to the Ecclesiastical Authority of the Diocese. If the Eccles-
iastical Authority be satisfied that the person so chosen is a duly qualified
Minister, and that he has accepted the office, the notice shall be sent to the
Secretary of the Convention, who shall record it. And such record shall
be sufficient evidence of the relation between the Minister and the Parish.
§ iv. A Minister is settler! for all purposes here or elsewhere mentioned
in these* Canons, who has been engaged permanently by any Parish accord-
ing to the rules of this Diocese, or for any term not less than one year.
OF LAY LEADERS.
§ 1. A competent person ready and desirous to serve the Church in the
public services statedly as a Lay Reader, must procure from the Bishop or
Ecclesiastical Authority of the Diocese or Missionary District a written
license. Such license shall not be granted to any but a male communicant
of this Church, and must be given for a definite period, not longer than one
year, but may be renewed from time to time, or revoked at any time. Such
license may be given for any vacant Parish or Mission, or for a congre-
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gation without a minister, but where a Presbyter is in charge, his request
and recommendation must have been previously signified to~ the Ecclesiasti-
cal Authority. A license shall not be granted for conducting the service in
a congregation without a Minister, which is able and has had reasonable
opportunity to secure the services of an ordained Minister. If the Lay
Reader be a student in any Theological Seminary, he shall also, before
acting as such, obtain the permission of the presiding officer of such insti-
tution and of his own Bishop.
§ ii. A Lay Reader shall be subject to the regulations prescribed by the
Ecclesiastical Authority, and shall not serve in any Diocese other than that
in which he is licensed, unless he shall have received a license from the
Bishop of the Diocese in which he desires to serve.
§ in. In all matters relating to the conduct of the service, and to the
Sermons or Homilies to be read, he shall conform to the direction of the
Minister in charge of the Parish, congregation, or Mission in which he is
serving, and, in all cases, to the directions of the Bishop. He shall read
only the Morning and Evening Prayer (omitting the Absolution), the Lit-
any, and the office for the Burial of the dead. He shall not deliver sermons
or addresses of his own composition, unless, after instruction and exam-
ination, he be specially licensed thereto for urgent needs by the Bishop.
He shall not wear the dress appropriate to Clergymen ministering in the
OF THE DISSOLUTION OF THE PASTORAL RELATIONS.
§ i. A Rector may not resign his Parish without the consent of said
Parish, or its Vestry, or its Trustees, whichever may be authorized to act
in the premises, nor may any Rector or Minister canonically or lawfully
elected and in charge of any Parish be removed therefrom by said Parish,
Vestry, or Trustees, against his will, except as hereinafter provided.
§ ii. If for any urgent reason a Rector or Minister as aforesaid, or the
Parish committed to his charge, its Vestry or Trustee, shall desire a sep-
aration and dissolution of the pastoral relation, and the parties be not
agreed respecting such separation and dissolution, notice in writing may be
given by either party to the Ecclesiastical Authority of the Diocese or Mis-
sionary District. The Bishop, in case the difference be not settled by his
godly judgment, or if he decline to consider the case without counsel, may
ask the advice and consent of the Standing Committee of the Diocese or
of the Council of Advice of the Missionary District, and, proceeding with
its aid and counsel, shall be the ultimate arbiter and judge. If the Diocese
or Missionary District be vacant, the Ecclesiastical Authority shall select a
Bishop of an adjacent Diocese or Missionary District to act as the Bishop,
and with like force and effect. The judgment shall be either that the pas-
toral relation between the parties shall cease and determine at a time and
upon terms therein specified, or that the said relation shall not be termi-
CONSTITUTION AND CANONS 25
nated ; and it shall be the duty of both parties to submit to and abide by-
such judgment. In the event of either party refusing to abide by such
judgment, the penalty for such refusal and the further proceedings in the
case shall be those provided by the Constitution and Canons of the Dio-
cese or Missionary District in which such Parish is situated.
§ in In case of the regular and canonical dissolution of the connection
between a Rector or Minister and his Parish, under this Canon, the Ec-
clesiastical Authority shall direct the Secretary of the Convention to record
§ iv. This Canon shall not apply in any Diocese or Missionary District
which has made, or shall hereafter make, provision by Canon upon this
subject, nor in contravention of any right of any Rector, Minister, Parish,
Congregation or Vestry under the law of the Civil Authority.
OF THE SOLEMNIZATION OF MATRIMONY.
§1. Ministers of this Church shall be careful to secure the observance
of the law of the State governing the civil contract of marriage in the
place where the service shall be performed.
§ 11. [i] No Minister shall solemnize a marriage except in the presence
of at least two witnesses.
[ii] Every Minister shall without delay formally record in the proper
register the name, age, and residence of each party. Such record shall be
signed by the Minister who solemnizes the marriage, and, if practicable, by
the married parties, and by at least two witnesses of the marriage.
[iii] No Minister, knowingly after due inquiry, shall solemnize the
marriage of any person who has been or is the husband or wife of any
other person then living, from whom he or she has been divorced for any
cause arising after marriage. But this Cannon shall not be held to apply to
the innocent party in a divorce for adultery ; Provided, that before the ap-
plication for such re-marriage a period of not less than one year shall have
elapsed, after the granting of such divorce; and that satisfactory evidence
touching the facts in the case, including a copy of the Court's Decree, and
Record, if practicable, with proof that the defendant was personally served
or appeared in the action, be laid before the Ecclesiastical Authority, and
such Ecclesiastical Authority, having taken legal advice thereon, shall have
declared in writing that in his judgment the case of the applicant conforms
to the requirements of this Canon ; and Provided, further, that it shall be
within the discretion of any Minister to decline to solemnize any marriage.
§ in. If any Minister of this Church shall have reasonable cause to
doubt whether a person desirious of being admittd to Holy Baptism, or to
Confirmation, or to the Holy Communion, has been married otherwise than
as the Word of God and discipline of this Church allow, such Minister, be-
fore receiving such person to these ordinances, shall refer the case to the
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Bishop for his godly judgment thereupon; Provided, however, That no
Minister shall in any case refuse these ordinances to a penitent person in
imminent danger of death.
OF REGULATIONS RESPECTING THE LAITY.
8 i. [i] A communicant in good standing, removing from one Parish
or Congregation to another, shall be entitled to receive and shall procure
from the Rector or Minister of the Parish or Congregation of his or her
last residence, or, if there be no Rector or Minister, from one of the War-
dens, a certificate stating that he or she is duly registered or enrolled as a
communicant in the Parish or Congregation from which he or she desires
to be transferred, and the Rector or Minister or Warden of the Parish
or Congregation to which such communicant may remove shall enroll him
or her as a communicant when such certificate is presented, or, on failure
to produce such certificate through no fault of such communicant, upon
other evidence of his or her being such a communicant, sufficient in the
judgment of said Rector or Minister. Notice of such enrollment in such
Parish or Congregation to which such communicant shall have removed,
shall be sent by the Rector or Minister thereof to the Rector of the Parish
from which the communicant is removed.
§ ii. When a person to whom the sacraments of the Church have been
refused, or who has been repelled from the Holy Communion under the
Rubrics, shall lodge a complaint with the Bishop, it shall be the duty of the
Bishop, unless he see fit to require the person to be admitted or restored
because of the insufficiency of the cause assigned by the Minister, to insti-
tute such an inquiry as may be directed by the Canons of the Diocese or
Missionary District, and shall proceed according to such principles of law
and equity as will insure an impartial decision, but no Minister of this
Church shall be required to admit to the Sacraments a person so refused
or repelled, without the written direction of the Bishop.
The Sacraments shall not be refused in any case to a penitent person at
the point to die.
2>tetrict of Hsbeville
IRules of ©rfcer
Rule I. — The order of proceedings shall be as follows :
(i.) The Convention shall meet at 9 o'clock, a. m., for Morning Prayer
(2.) The Secretary of the preceding Convention, if present — if not,
some other person appointed by the Chair — shall call the names of Clergy
entitled to seats (Const, Art. II) and enter on the minutes the names of
(3.) The Secretary shall call the names of Lay Delegates as entered
upon the list provided for by Canon 2 of the Canons of the District, sub-
ject to such corrections as may be based on the list of delinquent parishes
to be sent by the Treasurer of the District to the Secretary on the day be-
fore the meeting of the Convention, and shall enter on the minutes the
names of those present, after which the President shall declare the Conven-
tion organized for business.
(4.) The President shall appoint a Committee on Credentials, consist-
ing of one Clergyman and two Laymen, to receive, examine and report
upon the Credentials of Lay Delegates, and to revise the Secretary's list of
the same. And the Treasurer of the District shall report to such Commit-
tee a list of the Parishes which are in arrears for Diocesan assessments,
and no Delegate shall be reported by such Committee as entitled to a seat
in the Convention from any Parish reported by such Treasurer as in ar-
rears, until such Treasurer shall have made further report to such Com-
mittee that such Parish is no longer in arrears. In case the alternate Dele-
gates claim the right to seats in the Convention, the fact must be made
known to the Committee on Credentials, who shall report thereon ; and the
persons reported by that Committee as entitled to seats (not exceeding
three from each Parish), whether regulars or alternates, shall, if the Con-
vention approve such report, be entered upon the roll of the Secretary as
properly accredited Delegates.
(5.) At 10:30 a. m., a recess shall be taken for the celebration of the
Holy Communion, at which time the Annual Address of the Bishop shall
(6.) The Committee on Credentials shall next report on the application
(if any) of new Parishes for admission to the Convention (Canon 10 of
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the District) ; and when received, the Secretary shall call and enter on the
minutes the names of the Lay Delegates representing ^said Parishes.
(7) The election by ballot of a Secretary, who shall have power to ap-
point an Assistant.
(8) Appointment by the President of a Committee on Unfinished
Business, consisting of one Clegryman and one Layman.
(9) Appointments by the President to fill any vacancies existing in
the Committee on Canons, or in the Committee on Finance, appointed by
the preceding Convention.
(10) Report of Deans of Convocations.
(11) Report of Archdeacon of the District.
(12) Reading of the Abstract of Proceedings of the Council of Ad-
vice of the District.
(13) Report of the Committee on Unfinished Business.
(14) Report of Special Committees of last Convention.
(15) Report of Finance Committee.
(16) Report of Missionary Committee.
(17) Report of Education Committee.
(18) Report of Committee on Canons, on matters referred to it by
(19) Report of Finance Committee on Assessments.
(20) Report of the Treasurer of the District.
(21) Election, by ballot, of the Treasurer of the District.
(22) Report of the Committee on Canons on new business.
(23) Report of Committee on Sunday-schools.
(24) Report of Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the District.
(25) Report of Treasurer of the Board of Trustees of the District.
(26) Motions, resolutions and miscellaneous business.
(27) A public Missionary meeting for promoting the objects of the
Missionary and Educational interests of the District.
After^Divine Service, the order of business shall be as follows:
(28) Reading and approving the minutes.
(29) Supplementary report of the Committee on Credentials.
(30) Election, by ballot, of —
i. Missionary Committee.
ii: Delegates and Provisional Delegates to General Convention tri-
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iii. One Trustee of District.
iv. Members of the Ecclesiastical Court (triennially).
v. Trustee for Sewanee.
vi. Trustee for St. Mary's,
vii. Registrar of the District (triennially).
(31) Report of Special Committees of this Convention.
(32) Appointment by the President of the following District Commit-
tees, to continue until the close of the next Annual Convention :
I. A committee on Canons, to consist of two clergymen and two Lay-
men, to whom shall be referred all matters pertaining to the Constitution
and Canons, and all questions of ecclesiastical law which may arise during
the sessions of the Convention.
II. The Committee on Finance required by Canon IX of the Canons of
III. Other committees required by Canon.
(34) The disposal of any unfinished business.
Rule II. — When the President takes the Chair, no member shall con-
tinue standing, or shall afterwards stand, unless to address the Chair.
Rule III. — No member shall absent himself from the services of the
House, unless he have leave, or be unable to attend.
Rule IV. — Whenever any member is about to speak in debate, or de-
liver any matter to the Convention, he shall rise from his seat, and with
due respect, address himself in an audible voice to the President, confining
himself strictly to the point in debate.
Rule V. — No member shall speak more than twice in the same debate,
without leave of the house.
Rule VI. — While the President is putting any question, the members
shall continue in their seats, and not hold any private discourse.
Rule VII. — Every member present shall vote when a question is put,
unless excused by the Convention ; and, on a vote by orders, the name of
the Presiding officer shall be called last.
Rule VIII. — When a question is under consideration, no motion shall
be made, unless to lay it upon the table, to postpone it indefinitely, to
postpone it to a certain time, to commit it, to amend it, or to divide it, and
motions for any of these shall have precedence in the order herein named.
Rule IX. — A motion to lay on the table shall be decided without debate.
Rule X. — A motion to adjourn shall always be in order, and, if unqual-
ified, shall be decided without debate.
Rule XI. — No motion shall be considered as before the House, unless it
be seconded, and reduced to writing.
Rule XII. — A question, being once determined, shall stand as the judg-
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ment of the Convention, and shall not again be considered during the same
session ; but a question, being decided, may be reconsidered with the con-
sent of two-thirds of the members present, on a motion to that purpose by
one of the majority on the first decision.
Rule XIII. — All Committees shall be appointed by the President, unless
Rule XIV. — The reports of all committees shall be in writing, and shall
be entered upon the minutes, unless otherwise ordered. If recommending
or requiring action or expression of opinion by the Convention, they shall
be accompanied by a resolution or resolutions for its consideration.
Rule XV. — All questions of order shall be decided by the President, in
the first instance; but any member may appeal from such decision, and on
such appeal no member shall speak more than once without leave of the
Rule XVI. — Clergymen of the Protestant Episcopal Church not entitled
to seats, and candidates for Holy Orders in this District, shall be admitted
to the sittings of the Convention, and their names entered on the Journal,
on reporting themselves to the Secretary, but without the right of taking
any part in the proceedings.
Rule XVII. — Before the final adjournment of the Convention, the min-
utes of the last day's proceedings shall be read, corrected, if necessary, and
Rule XVIII. — The Rules of Order may be suspended by a vote of two-
thirds of all the members present.
Rule XIX.— The above shall be the Rules of Order for all future Con-
ventions of this District, unless altered or rescinded.